To mark Remembrance Sunday, Burnley FC in the Community’s Veterans Programme staff have been talking to dignitaries, members of the armed forces community, our Veterans participants and Evolve Military College, who we link in with on our Veterans programme, to reflect on the importance of Remembrance Day.
“For many of us today, Remembrance is not only about some distant, historical battlefield. It is a recent place where we have served together with lost friends. Whether it is our great grandfathers, grandfathers or friends we trained, lived and served with, we remember them.” – Lieutenant Colonel Dowle of Army Headquarters North West
“Remembrance Day is a day I hold dear in my heart. It is where, we as a nation come together to remember those people who have sadly lost their lives whilst fighting bravely to ensure our freedom. Without their sacrifice, the world would be a much different place to that which we know today. Rest in peace, fallen comrades and let the angels from above look after you.” – Flight Lieutenant Rachael Collier QGM RAF
“Despite all the difficulties faced this year, we should still come together as a nation to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those in the Armed Forces past and present. Sharing together the two-minute silence from home this Remembrance Sunday is as meaningful as if we were standing side by side at the cenotaph. ” – Inspector 2830 Damian Pemberton Burnley Police
“Young King’s Royal Rifle Corp (60th Rifles) Young Servicemen & women become old and this year we are unable to applaud them on parade but from the youngest recruit to the dwindling number of 2WW Veterans – we salute you.” – Cllr. Cosima Towneley
“Remembrance Day is a memorial day in which the Commonwealth nations remember and pay their respects to the brave men and women of the armed forces, who gave their lives in the line of duty. So we can acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and remember our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve. During times of war, individual acts of heroism occur frequently; only a few are ever recorded and receive official recognition. Even though this year will be different, there is no way that the staff and students of Evolve Military College will be forgetting those sacrifices and we will be there when the last post sounds out, the two minute silence resumes, followed by a toast to all who served.” – Evolve Military College
Phil Mason– “To Pte Wright, Lcpl Young, Lcpl Brackenbury and all the fallen, we will remember them”.
Phil Chamberlain – “We will never forget all year round but it’s about coming together, no matter the circumstance, for Remembrance Day.”
Jacko – “In Remembrance of Flt. Lt Max Collier, Flt. Lt Norman Dent, Flt. Lt Kieran Duffy. Rest in peace amongst the stars.”
Rob – “To my past generations, Lest We Forget.”
Harry – “God Save the Queen.”
Kev – “Lest We Forget.”
Ged – “Remembrance is about coming together to remember people we have lost and to celebrate a positive future.”
To find out more information about BFCitC’s Veterans programme, please click here or contact our Veterans & Inclusion Officer, Daniella Worth on email@example.com, or call 07934 853 407 / 01282 704716.